Su Blackwell: “While You Were Sleeping”

January 17, 2012

In 2004 Su Blackwell created “While You Were Sleeping”.

“I read in a book a Burmese legend about the soul butterfly or win-laik-pya…it is believed that a sleeping person’s soul takes the shape of a butterfly and flies abroad while its owner is asleep, searching for the souls of other persons and animals and returning when the owner awakes. Burmese children are still taught never to wake a sleeping person for fear they may die, or worse, live on, without a soul.”

“While You Were Sleeping” always makes me think of the last scene in the film “Corpse Bride” – Emily (the corpse bride) finds peace and her soul is finally set free – she steps out into the moonlight and is transformed into thousands of butterflies. I wonder if Tim Burton (the director) was inspired by the burmese legend as well!

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